Columbus is Ohio's capital and largest city. It is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in America, and its population of 1.6 million has a youthful median age of 32.6.
The Ohio State University, established in 1870, is one of the largest universities in the nation, with more than 50,000 students attending classes at the Columbus campus. The University offers almost 170 undergraduate majors, plus 130 Master’s and 100 doctoral degree programs. Professional programs are offered in dental hygiene, dentistry, law, optometry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine as well as medicine, nursing and allied medical professions.
Columbus offers great diversity in the arts, cultural events, festivals, restaurants, sports and nightlife, all within close proximity to the medical center. Arts and leisure activities range from the avant garde Short North Gallery Hops to nationally acclaimed performances of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Met and Opera Columbus. Columbus offers a fresh blend of clubs, concerts, comedy, Broadway productions and movies.
Five minutes from campus is the Arena District – Columbus' newest destination for sports and entertainment. This pedestrian-friendly village lights up with major-league hockey, eclectic restaurants and captivating streetscapes. Starting in 2009, the Arena District will be the home of a brand-new professional baseball stadium.
The city also features the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio's Center of Science and Industry, the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium and the Franklin Park Conservatory. Columbus shopping offers something for every style, from upscale malls to trendy boutiques.
For spectacular sports or stress-busting recreation, Columbus offers many options including the National Hockey League's Columbus Blue Jackets, the Columbus Crew men's professional soccer team, and the Columbus Clippers, the AAA-affiliate of the Washington Nationals. The PGA Memorial Tournament is held annually at Jack Nicklaus' Muirfield Village Golf Club and thousands of runners participate each fall in the Columbus Marathon. A golfer's paradise, Columbus boasts more than 70 private and public courses, four of which are ranked in Golf Digest's Top 40 U.S. courses. And, of course, Ohio State’s Big Ten sports teams are national contenders in football, basketball, baseball and hockey.
Close to Ohio State, you can get away from the grind by biking, hiking, or boating along scenic rivers like the Olentangy and Scioto, or escaping for a picnic amidst the natural beauty of the many metropolitan parks in the area. Breathtaking vistas, glacier-carved gorges and caves, towering cliffs, rock climbing, waterfalls and hiking trails can be found at Hocking Hills State Park, just an hour's drive from Columbus.
Ohio State Fact: Places Rated Almanac ranks Columbus as one of the best metro areas in the nation for the arts, ahead of such cities as Miami, Phoenix and San Diego.